Identifying patients at risk of deterioration in emergency departments

The aim of the project

The project aims to reduce the number of unforeseen deteriorations of patients in medical emergency departments by looking at how data from the information systems that hospitals already use today can be used to identify the acute patients who are at risk of developing unexpected life-threatening complications. The project builds upon lessons learned from the sub-project Identification of high-risk patients through Patient@home, where we worked on developing a new system for the identification of patients at risk: Patient Deterioration Warning System (PDWS).

PDWS is currently integrated into the emergency department´s monitoring systems, but with this project we wish to further develop the system by incorporating data that consists of information from patients themselves, as well as data obtained before arrival by ambulance to the emergency room. The project will also examine to what extent PDWS can reduce the number of patients with exacerbations.

The project outcome

  • Development of interdisciplinary research collaboration between the engineering and the health sciences.
  • Further development of the current PDWS to include pre-admission patient data.
  • Evaluation of the PDWS´ effect. 


Work package leader: Thomas Schmidt, Assistant Professor, SDU Health Informatics and Technology, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute


Uffe Kock Wiil, Professor, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute
Annmarie Touborg Lassen, Professor, Department of Clinical Research
Mikkel Brabrand,
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Regional Health Research
Kristian Kidholm, Associate Professor, COHERE, Department of Business and Economics